Here are the lineups for the first game of the road trip:
RED SOX (8-11)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-0, 5.26).
BLUE JAYS (10-9)
Pitching: LHP Dana Eveland (2-0, 1.93).
Game time: 7:07 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN Plus / WEEI.
State of the Sox: The Red Sox are coming off a 4-6 homestand that ended with a 7-6, 10-inning loss against Baltimore yesterday. Tonight starts a six-game, seven-day road trip that concludes in Baltimore.
Lineup news: Ortiz sits against the lefty and Martinez is out as well. But remember, Varitek is not Beckett’s personal catcher. It just happens that way. But regardless, Varitek has caught Beckett’s last four starts.
Not his favorites: Beckett is 3-5 with a 6.62 ERA in 12 career starts against the Blue Jays. He is 1-2, 7.76 in five starts at the Rogers Centre. In 10.1 innings against Toronto last season, he allowed 12 earned runs.
Poor finishers: The Sox are 6-5 when leading or tied after six innings. They were 86-14 in that situation last season. I swiped that stat from Tony Mazz’s blog.
But Scott Atchison is a better choice: Opponents are hitting .077 against Manny Delcarmen (2 for 26), the best part for an AL reliever.
Power outage: Victor Martinez has not hit a home run since April 6 and has gone nine games without an extra-base hit.
A year ago: The Sox were 13-7 after 20 games.
On the iPod right now: Wake Up by Arcade Fire.
Back with more later on.